Parental behaviors related to adolescents' self-disclosure: Adolescents' views
The aim of the study was to explore adolescents' perceptions of their parents' behaviors
that inhibited or facilitated adolescents' self-disclosures to them. Four focus groups with
16 girls and 16 boys from Croatia (13–14 year olds) were conducted. Results indicate
that adolescents perceive their self-disclosures to be influenced by a variety of specific
parental actions and reactions in disclosure-related situations. According to adolescents'
views, not only can parents hinder adolescent's disclosure by unfavorable reactions, but
they can also prompt the adolescent to disclose by behaving in certain manner. Identified
parental behaviors and emotional states (labeled as ''inviters'', ''inhibitors'', ''negative
reactions'', and ''positive reactions'') are discussed in terms of contemporary perspectives
on optimal parenting based on children's psychological needs and children's rights.